The calling to fatherhood is an underexplored area of the theology of vocation. While feminist theologians have explored the vocation of the mother in light of shifting societal trends and the resulting renegotiation of women’s identities, less has been said about men’s calling to be parents.
Paul Wadell’s 2011 article in The Christian Century poses a provocative question: what would happen if we considered the elderly as being called? And not just called to a life of leisure in their later years, but called to share their gifts, wisdom, service and experience with younger generations.
Our new video narrative project—Lives Explored—takes Socrates’ wisdom to heart. By sharing everyday stories of how people understand the concept of calling in their own life, we hope to energize and inspire others to do the same.
Kathleen A. Cahalan, director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, has developed five points on the theology of vocation that is emerging in our project. These characteristics of God’s call can be guideposts for our journey of discerning what is and is not vocation.
Welcome to our new blog, Insights. We are excited to share here what we are learning in the Collegeville Institute Seminars. Here’s a brief summary of what the Seminars have been working on for the past three years.